Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Point of Rocks, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, road biking, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

mountain biking
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mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A nice walk in the woods, but with little of interest for hikers until you reach the aqueduct. The trail is far better suited for biking.

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mountain biking
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hiking
6 months ago

Short and steep, views are worth every bit of it.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I did the quick scramble up the mtn for amazing
views

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice jaunt on a warm November afternoon. Fall colors still around. I followed the directions to scrabble up the hill overlooking the bridge - very pretty views. 3 or 4 trains came by for a little interest. Nice spot!

Going up to the rock overlook (called "The Point") above the Potomac River bridge is a short, steep hike, but doable by most average hikers. The really steep part is a few 100 feet long, so not too bad. I went up with my wife, two 12 year old boys, and two dogs. Coming down is a bit more challenging if you don't have on good hiking boots because you tend to slip on the steep, loose trail. To reach the trailhead, go north from the Point of Rocks parking lot on the towpath till you're under the car bridge, and then turn right to walk through the old canal over to the railroad tracks. The tracks are very active and 3 trains came by while we were there. Once you cross the tracks, just look for the graffiti on the concrete bridgeworks and there's the trailhead going uphill to your left. It's about 25 yards in front of the train tunnel. Once up top, the view is spectacular of Virginia, Maryland, and the river. Then the trail peters out quickly into the woods, so just turn and come back down the same way you went up. Can't beat the views on this hike!

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Awesome view once you reach the top. For a shorter hike you can park at the boat ramp and walk up the trail by the Parking lot, then cross the train tracks under the bridge. It's extremely steep for the first couple hundred feet but after that it's a steady incline